Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Sewing

My first dresden plate!
My mom and I both bought templates when I was visiting her last month and I've been wanting to try it ever since. I grabbed a bunch of my 3" strips from my scrap box, cut them out and sewed them up! So much fun to do. Now I need to decide what to do with this!
 I'm happy that I squeezed in a little sewing yesterday and today.
I've been having a hard time getting motivated to sew during the week now that I'm back at school. I'm hoping to get more sewing done this week because my list is growing!
Have a great week!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Supernova Friendship Block Swap: Block 3 and a Childhood Memory

Time to swap blocks again! 
Kristie from Sew Sunshine and I have been participating in the Supernova Friendship Block Swap, hosted by Stephanie and Sandra, for the past couple months.

I'm loving these blocks so much!

Mine is the pink and Kristie's is the yellow. This time, we met up at the quilt shop and laughed as we exchanged blocks. We always seem to put the contrasting colors and patterned fabrics in the same places. We've decided we are just meant to do this together!

Here's what the blocks are looking like all together.
I cannot wait to put the whole quilt together. 

So this month we had to share a childhood memory. 
Kristie and I both spent a lot of time playing outside as kids, making forts and using our imaginations! I loved those times and here is my memory I shared with her.

 When I was 5ish, my folks built a house in a new development outside of Plattsmouth, NE. Our house was surrounded by lots of trees, a ditch on one side and a corn field in the back yard that, when it was at it's tallest, separated us from the neighbors. It was sort of like living in the country.

I'm thankful that I had my sisters to play with, otherwise, I may not have liked living there so much. It seemed secluded at times. If anything was needed from town, we had to navigate a gravel road. So yeah, we did live in the country! 

  We spent so many hours playing outside. My sisters and I would pack up our dolls and toy kitchen ware and head out into the weeds and trees to play house. I made lots of juniper berry soup and mud pies decorated with clover. Each of us had a "fort" out there which was AWESOME! We each had a space we could go to be alone and sometimes we would be invited to each others forts. 
Most of the time though, we were like, "get out of my fort!!"

We used to have these two sisters who would babysit us. The poor girls had a very strict mother who never let them watch TV. So when they babysat us, you can imagine that all they were concerned with was catching up on some shows. The minute our mom and dad left the house they would immediately turn on the TV and start frantically watching as many shows as they could! It was like they couldn't get the pictures in their eyes fast enough! It didn't matter if the show was Dynasty, The Love Boat or Happy Days. Those girls were watching it.
We didn't have a remote control TV, so one of the girls would be on the floor, changing the channel between the 3 stations. Anytime a commercial came on, they would turn to another show to maximize the shows they were watching. 
My sisters and I were NOT happy about this and we always tattled on them to our parents. I mean, they were supposed to be playing with us, right?

That brings me to one of my favorite childhood memories.

It was summer time and the sisters were babysitting us. They had started their TV watching routine and I'm sure my sisters and I began to protest and say hey, play with us! Instead of playing with us though, they said it was time to go to bed. It was REAAAALLY early, like 7 pm. 
In the summer with the sun still shining.
 I'm guessing Falcon Crest was on.
My sisters and I whined and cried!
It's still light out!
How could we possibly get to sleep now!
Our mom and dad NEVER make us go to bed THIS early!
We really tried to convince them. They didn't care. I think they may have threatened to spank me so I  eventually went along with their crazy early bedtime plans, knowing that they really only wanted to watch TV.

 Meanwhile, while I was complying, my sisters were hatching an escape plan! I remember all of us getting our pajamas on and then poof! my sisters had disappeared! 
The babysitters went into panic mode.
Where did they go?
We searched the house. We went outside and looked around the yard. Nothing. We called for them. Still nothing. I started to think that maybe they had gone into the trees to one of our forts but I didn't let on.

Sure enough, that's where they were, laying down in the tall grass so no one could see them.
 They REALLY didn't want to go to bed. I don't remember if they gave themselves up or if we found them but I remember them, quite awhile later, walking back through the grass to the house, blankets and dolls in hand. The babysitters were so mad but relieved at the same time. I'm pretty sure we had to go straight to bed after that. 
I thought it was really funny that my sisters had outsmarted the babysitters but then I was sort of mad that they ditched me!   
When I asked my mom if she knew this had happened, she said no! The babysitters must not have told and maybe I didn't either. It is one of my favorite memories of my sisters though.   

Monday, August 11, 2014

What's Blooming in the Yard

The flower beds in the backyard are starting to fill in. The foxgloves have been so pretty and have bloomed for a second time.They are my favorite right now! I'm waiting for more zinnias to bloom so I can pick them to enjoy inside. 

Today is the first day of school! I've got my neon green staff t-shirt on and I'm all ready to go. Looking forward to a good school year!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday

Border number three. 
The blues and grey are representing the colors of winter. I was thinking that this sawtooth design sort of looks pointy like a snowflake..maybe?

More half square triangles! I actually made these before the herringbone quilt top and they are multi colored so they weren't so boring and tedious to make. 

Two more borders to go! This quilt is turning out very blue so I'm going to try and change up the spring and summer colors.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

           Summer vacation is almost over. I had my first school meeting the other day which yanked me right out of summer mode. I even had a stress dream about taking kids on a school field trip! Yep, summer vacation is quickly slipping away.

I had high hopes for getting lots of projects done this last week but I mostly felt out of sorts and not motivated at all. 

I did knit this baby hat for my hairstylist. She's expecting her baby any day now, so I was lucky to get in for my back to school haircut and color! 

I made myself sit down to sew on the herringbone quilt..

168 Half Square Triangles later I had the top sewn together.

I like how this looks but getting there was a bit tedious for me. Only two colors and one block over and over? Not my favorite kind of sewing! I'm glad to have the piecing done though. Good to have this off my design wall so I can get back to my dad's wall hanging. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Photos from the Weekend

Have you ever been to Cool and Collected Antiques here in Lincoln? Gary and I visited there last Friday and I loved it! I bought this old muffin tin. I was going to make muffins in it this morning but I'm out of cupcake papers.

Gary's really beginning to get into taking care of the lawn, which I love! After seeing some old tractor sprinklers at Cool and Collected Antiques and a little bit of research, he decided to buy one. It's all metal and feels like it weighs about 50 pounds! I can't wait to see if it works!

Fun fact: These were manufactured in Lincoln!

While we were checking out, I noticed this pretty hankie display. I had to snap a pic of this color combo..definitely color inspiration for a future quilt project!
We didn't have much time to shop at Cool and Collected antiques that day so I hope to visit again soon. They have lots of fun vintage finds and the staff was very friendly. 

On Saturday, I visited my sister and her family in Omaha. We checked out Midwest Pickers Warehouse.

Isn't this kitchen sign cool? 

The warehouse is a big place filled with a lot of STUFF.


The kids loved the old fashioned phones! This store is fun if you like to dig a little bit. 

On Sunday, Gary and I went to the Lancaster County Super Fair!

While admiring the llamas the animal barn, I met a boy who had just finished showing a llama for the first time. Apparently, it had gone very well for him, he received three purple ribbons! Not bad for the first time being in 4-H, I'd say! He was super cute, introducing me to this llama named Pippin and answering all my questions. 

The model trains were fun to watch and it was  also a nice place to sit down, cool off and rest our tired feet. Gary had a lengthy conversation with one of the railroad guys about his display. I even learned a couple things about railroad signaling!

We met up with Gar's mom and nephew, Victor at the fair. Being 10 years old, all V wanted to do was rides, of course! Oh, and get a funnel cake, which we did. I don't do rides so I took pictures! 

I love the fair and I hope to visit again this week because I want to see the quilts and the racing pigs!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Candy Coated Baby Quilt

    I've had this Candy Coated Quilt finished for awhile now but have been lazy about photographing it. So, when mom and I were leaving Mason City last weekend, I thought maybe my Aunt Phyllis' barn would be a good place for a photo shoot. Plus, it has a fresh coat of paint and looks great! Mom was up for it so we pulled over. 
     My Aunt's barn has this red  'Z' on the front, which I LOVE! I had mom hold the quilt up there..

It was a little bit too sunny by the front...

So we went to the shady side.

Mom didn't think my phone was taking pictures haha! 

Then we spotted this falling down building and tried some pics there.

The whole time I was worried that some critter or swarm of insects would come after us! Or, the building could fall down. Thankfully, nothing like that happened. Ha!

So here are the quilt details:
I was inspired by this one and even quilted it with the same wavy lines!
It measures about 40" x 46" and is made entirely of scraps. I determined the size of my rows by the scraps I had on hand. The three row sizes ended up at 2", 4.5" and 6.5" wide.
I used green for the binding because people on Instagram suggested it and I had enough on hand in my stash!

I just love how it turned out! This quilt really is a scrap buster and so easy to put together. 

 Mom and I thought that there are a lot of great places to take photos of quilts out by Mason. Maybe we will have another quilty adventure next time I visit. Thanks, mom, for doing a photo shoot with me! That was fun!